Vagina? Vagina. Vagina vagina vagina.

I’m flattered that you’re all so concerned about my vagina.”

If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?

“At least nine female legislators, Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler and actresses from across the state will be assembling to perform Ensler’s play on Monday, June 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing.”

Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina,vagina, VAGINA!!!!!!!

“This is my vagina. There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

“Abortion and contraception restrictions have a lot in common with rape apologies, especiallly when it comes back to the notion that a woman who voluntarily had sex with a man thereby loses her right forever to say no to what others would do with her body.”

“Every time this happens, more women get the message: speak up, and we will come for you.”

“After stumbling across yet another piece of alarmingly dangerous advice for abused women of faith titled, Surviving Emotional Abuse Six Steps, by Christian author, Darcy Ingraham, I am wishing I had more middle fingers with which to express my extreme irritation.”

“‘Different but complementary’: I cannot shake how similar that phrase is to, ‘separate but equal.’

This lie helps to keep women in the Christian Patriarchy movement, persuading them that they are not being treated as inferior, or being degraded or used.”

“Members of the Vatican hierarchy are using the word ‘feminist’ and even ‘radical feminist’ the way third-graders use the word ‘cooties.’

The problem is not radical feminism, it’s radical patriarchy.”

“Despite claims by Catholic bishops that the current administration is engaged in a war against them, federal funding to Catholic organizations has increased during the past two years. Groups getting more money include Catholic Relief services ($12.45 million in 2008 to $57.89 million in 2011), Catholic Charities USA ($440 million in 2008 to $554 million in 2010), the Catholic Medical Mission Board ($500,000 in 2008 to $7 million in 2011), and others.”

“An email today from FRC Action (a group affiliated with the right-wing Family Research Council) repeats the falsehood that emergency contraception drugs cause abortions.”

“I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours?

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira


    He made it seem like the developers were practically forcing M!Hawke to Be Ghey

    Huh? How does a man hitting on a man force the hittee to be gay?

    I actually don’t like that dialog as any Hawke because you pretty much have to be an ass if you want to turn Anders down. It makes playing a lesbian character, or any character who isn’t attracted to Anders, difficult. They needed to have a dialog option that says, “I don’t mind, but I’m not going to reciprocate,” like they did for all the DA:O romances (though the dialog options for turning down Alistair are kind of insensitive… hm, I’m sensing a trend here). It’s not a problem I have personally, because I adore Anders too much to ever turn him down, and don’t like any of the other romance options, but it is bad design. However, it’s not forcing anyone to be any particular sexuality, and it’s a problem that’s not only evident in that one dialog. 

  • Julian M Elson

    N.B.: To be fair, Jeanne d’Arc isn’t degraded to ancillary status while other historical figures appear as independent characters. Male commanders like Sir William Wallace,  Jan Zizka, Vlad Tepes etc, are also given ancillary status.

  • MadGastronomer

     Why do people always do this? Why do they try to justify sexism by saying “To be fair, X happens to men, too!” Yes, but when X happens to men, it’s happening against a very different backdrop. This one is happening in a game that systematically excludes female characters while waving the excuse that women didn’t get to do those sorts of things in the Middle Ages. When they can’t avoid paying attention to obvious counterexamples, they then minimize those counterexamples as much as possible. Wallace, Zizka, and Tepes being ancillary character doesn’t have any impact on the way men are represented in the game. Jeanne d’Arc being an ancillary character does, and when you make excuses for that, you are making excuses for sexism.

    Congratulations, you are propping up discrimination against women! How does that make you feel?

  • Julian M Elson

    My apologies. When I noted that Jeanne d’Arc was an ancillary, only capable of enhancing your existing male generals rather than doing anything independently in my original post on Medieval II: Total War, I felt that I was presenting an incomplete picture by failing to note that this is standard treatment of “historical” characters in M2TW. However, insofar as I propped up discrimination against women with my addendum, I regret that.


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